Registered Nurses' Association of Ontario

Nursing Best Practice Guidelines

Health Consequences of Women Abuse on Children

Physical Effects

  • Allergies
  • Respiratory tract infections
  • Somatic complaints (e.g., headaches)
  • Gastrointestinal disorders (e.g., nausea, diarrhea)
  • Sleep difficulties (e.g., nightmares, bedwetting)
  • Speech, hearing, and visual problems

Psychological and Behavioural Effects

  • Depression and anxiety
  • Worry and frustration
  • Low self-esteem
  • Stress-related disorders
  • Hyperactivity
  • Post-traumatic stress disorder
  • Low social competence
  • Increased aggression with adults and other children
  • Attachment problems
  • Difficulties in school performance
  • Substance abuse
  • Suicidal behaviour and self harm
  • Conflicts with the law